Slow, normal, or fast food? 2/12/13
The main negative comment I hear about kunekune pigs is that they grow “too slow” for commercial or even home use. I could not disagree more. These heritage pigs grow normal
- … like a normal livestock animal
- …like an animal that is raised without the cramped warehouse, growth hormones, preemptive broad-spectrum antibiotics, GMO’s, and genetic engineering to speed up the growth process
- …like a pig bred with of healthy proportions and conformation, not selective breeding extremes that manipulate the commercial pig into producing lean(?) meat that’s Wonder Bread white. While the public has demanded a few of these traits, who can completely blame farmers for filling that “need” for fast and cheap food. Generally speaking, cutting corners no matter what meat, food, (or life for that matter) almost always has some kind of negative impact on the environment and possibly our health.
With this in mind, I argue that it’s not that kunekune pigs grow “too slow.” They grow at a pace for their bodies to naturally build and bulk up. Unnaturally manipulating commercial pigs to grow too fast can completely stress their bodies and remove their ability to resistant disease, parasites, etc.
Here’s what we believe about raising quality sustainable livestock.
Lonesome Star Farm’s (LSF) heritage livestock, including Kunekune pigs, are grass-fed, and no antibiotics, hormones, or harsh chemicals are used. They can fatten almost entirely on grass in a proportionately sized pesticide-free native pasture. Pasture protection includes using crop rotation along with nitrogen-rich cover crops to support the Dependent Triangle. We’ll partner and organize with other sustainable farms and organizations to reclaim the land and livestock’s natural way of life. For fun, LSF believes that the kunekune’s positive traits, contrary to many breeds of swine, will reverse society’s historically poor image of the pig.